• A sparkly double take

    usmc ball

    November 10 was the 239th birthday of the Marine Corps, and this year we celebrated it two Fridays in a row. The Marine Corps ball is kind of a big deal to Toby and I, since we were set up 10 years ago (eek!) to go to the 229th birthday ball together. Plus, it is […]

  • Ripped jeans and pixie dust

    fairy good life

    You’ve probably noticed that I put my outfits together based on the event, occasion or location at which I’ll be wearing them. I think I’ve always been like that, actually: I remember going to a Phoenix Suns game when I was in middle school and wondering what the heck the woman sitting courtside in YELLOW […]

  • Hello Kitty Con

    hello kitty con

    Is there anything cuter than Hello Kitty? I think not. This weekend was the first-ever Hello Kitty Conference, a celebration of the supercute cartoon timed to coincide with her 40th birthday. As you can imagine, cuteness abounded. Although I’m not a Hello Kitty superfan or anything, I did have quite a bit of Hello Kitty and […]

  • Tea at the Aubrey Rose Tea Room

    tea pots

    I’m sure you’ve noticed that I am a certified tea fanatic, and going somewhere for afternoon tea is my favorite. Thank goodness I have friends and family who will indulge my tea and scone addiction, or I would just be stuck drinking a pot of tea by myself in my house every day (like usual). […]

  • Carlsbad J. Crew opening

    carlsbad forum j crew

    As much as I like going to actual stores and trying things on before I buy them, I’ve been ordering most of my stuff online since we moved here. The problems is that unlike in DC, when I could just stop at the Pentagon City metro stop on my way home from work, many of my […]

  • Fab Fave Friday: Tailgating must-haves


    Jen’s note: Fab Fave Friday is a recurring feature in which I highlight some of my favorite things — in all sorts of categories. Today’s category is tailgating. As someone who had never “tailgated” until college, I was under the impression that tailgating meant hanging around in the back of a truck in a parking […]

  • Vail and Eagle, Colorado

    mountains in colorado

    Labor Day weekend is just a few days away, and I hope you all have fun plans! AAA is predicting that nearly 35 million Americans will travel more than 50 miles from their house for the holiday — the most for Labor Day weekend since 2008. I know a ton of people hit the beach for […]

  • Fab Fave Friday: San Diego Zoo

    gorilla at the San Diego Zoo

    Jen’s note: Fab Fave Friday is a recurring feature in which I highlight some of my favorite things — in all sorts of categories. Today’s category is San Diego tourist attractions. In addition to being classy (obviously), San Diego is a major tourist destination. The weather here is basically perfect year-round, the beaches are gorgeous, and […]

  • Super (surfer) girl

    sage erickson super girl pro

    I’ve been wanting to go to a surf competition since we’ve moved to Southern California, but something always seemed to come up. Last summer, we were about 30 minutes too late to see any surfing at the Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro in Oceanside, so I was determined to make it this year. And we did! […]

  • Blue and white

    linen tunic white jeans

    Is it weird that I packed jeans and a tunic with sleeves for a vacation in Hawaii? I know most people would probably just throw a bunch of shorts, tank tops, sundresses and flip flops in a bag, but I love wearing white jeans in the summer. And, as you can probably tell by the […]